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John Tillmann's alleged threats against former partner prevent his full parole

Art thief John Mark Tillmann has been denied full parole, according to a parole board document obtained by CBC News. Tillmann is alleged to have threatened his former partner.

Former partner says Tillmann is a 'white supremacist, anti-feminist and a police hater'

John Tillmann stole this first-edition copy of Charles Darwin's seminal book Origin of Species from the collection at Mount Saint Vincent University.

Art thief John Mark Tillmann has been denied full parole, according to a parole board document obtained by CBC News.

Tillmann, 55, is described by his former partner as a "white supremacist, anti-feminist and a police hater" who allegedly recently made "threatening behaviours" towards her, the May 20 document states.

The allegation resulted in the Parole Board of Canada denying Tillmann full parole and a continuation of his day parole conditions for another 3-months. 

He has requested a hearing with a parole panel to address the allegation made by his ex-partner.

Day parole after 2 years

Tillmann was released from Westmorland Institution in New Brunswick last November where he was serving a prison sentence of nearly eight years in connection with the 40 charges against him.

John Mark Tillmann has been denied full parole. (CBC)

He pleaded guilty in 2013 to fraud, theft, possession of property obtained by crime, possession of a forged document, obstruction of justice and providing a false statement in a stolen art spree that spanned the four Atlantic provinces.

Relationships with women

He is under a number of special conditions while on day parole.

Among them, Tillmann is required to provide financial documents to his parole supervisor, he may not be self-employed or operate a business and he can't associate with criminals. He's also required to report all relationships with women whether they're intimate, non-sexual or friendships. Tillmann is also under orders not to contact his former partner.

The parole board took into account Tillmann's likelihood of reoffending violently within three years of release.

Some of the 1,300 items seized from John Tillmann's house in Fall River in 2013. (Elizabeth Chiu/CBC)

Documents states Tillmann's "spousal assault risk assessment result" was rated as "high." In criminal profile, he was described as having opinions on feminism relevant to past and potential aggression — including an alleged attack on his mother in 2009. 

This despite successfully completing a program in prison to address his emotional and mental issues and to help him maintain healthy relationships with others.

Past and personality

The report also provides additional insight into Tillmann's past and his personality.

His criminal record comes goes back more than 30 years. Starting in 1983, Tillmann was found guilty of property-related offences, as well as more serious crimes such as assault with an axe, extortion, escaping lawful custody and indecent phone calls.

The document says the Correctional Service of Canada found Tillmann has an attitude problem which has a "high need for improvement."

The document goes on to say he has "ingrained criminal values" and that "childhood experiences had a debilitating effect" on his emotional stability.

'Cunning and well organized'

Tillmann is also described as a "confident person who is cunning and well organized" in his actions.

In April this year, while on day parole, he sat down with CBC's the fifth estate and was interviewed for a television feature called Stolen Treasures.

His current offences are viewed as an escalation in his criminal activity, the parole board says.

"Your extensive and diverse history indicates that you could commit a variety of crimes inclusive of violence, if you were to reoffend."